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Act of Sederunt (Ordinary Cause, Summary Application, Summary Cause and Small Claim Rules) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007

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Amendment of Small Claim Rules

5.—(1) The Act of Sederunt (Small Claim Rules) 2002(1) shall be amended in accordance with the following sub-paragraphs.

(2) In rule 1.1(2) (interpretation), after the definition of “the 1975 Act” there shall be inserted the following:–

“the 2004 Act” means the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004;.

(3) At the end of rule 9.2(3) (purpose of hearing) there shall be inserted the following:–

(d)enquire whether there is or is likely to be a vulnerable witness within the meaning of section 11(1) of the 2004 Act who is to give evidence at any proof or hearing, consider any child witness notice or vulnerable witness application that has been lodged where no order has been made and consider whether any order under section 12(1) of the 2004 Act requires to be made..

(4) In rule 27.1(2) (live links)(2) at the end of the definition of “witness” there shall be inserted the following:–

, except a vulnerable witness within the meaning of section 11(1) of the Act of 2004..

(5) After Chapter 17 (recovery of evidence and attendance of witnesses) there shall be inserted the following:–

CHAPTER 17AVULNERABLE WITNESSES (SCOTLAND) ACT 2004

Interpretation

17A.1.  In this Chapter–

“child witness notice” has the meaning given in section 12(2) of the 2004 Act;

“review application” means an application for review of arrangements for vulnerable witnesses pursuant to section 13 of the 2004 Act;

“vulnerable witness application” has the meaning given in section 12(6) of the 2004 Act.

Child Witness Notice

17A.2.  A child witness notice lodged in accordance with section 12(2) of the 2004 Act shall be in Form 16B.

Vulnerable Witness Application

17A.3.  A vulnerable witness application lodged in accordance with section 12(6) of the 2004 Act shall be in Form 16C.

Intimation

17A.4.(1) The party lodging a child witness notice or vulnerable witness application shall intimate a copy of the child witness notice or vulnerable witness application to all the other parties to the proceedings and complete a certificate of intimation.

(2) A certificate of intimation referred to in paragraph (1) shall be in Form 16D and shall be lodged with the child witness notice or vulnerable witness application.

Procedure on lodging child witness notice or vulnerable witness application

17A.5.(1) On receipt of a child witness notice or vulnerable witness application, the sheriff may–

(a)make an order under section 12(1) or (6) of the 2004 Act without holding a hearing;

(b)require further information from any of the parties before making any further order;

(c)fix a date for a hearing of the child witness notice or vulnerable witness application.

(2) The sheriff may, subject to any statutory time limits, make an order altering the date of the proof or other hearing at which the child or vulnerable witness is to give evidence and make such provision for intimation of such alteration to all parties concerned as he deems appropriate.

(3) An order fixing a hearing for a child witness notice or vulnerable witness application shall be intimated by the sheriff clerk–

(a)on the day the order is made; and

(b)in such manner as may be prescribed by the sheriff,

to all parties to the proceedings and such other persons as are named in the order where such parties or persons are not present at the time the order is made.

Review of arrangements for vulnerable witnesses

17A.6.(1) A review application shall be in Form 16E.

(2) Where the review application is made orally, the sheriff may dispense with the requirements of paragraph (1).

Intimation of review application

17A.7.(1) Where a review application is lodged, the applicant shall intimate a copy of the review application to all other parties to the proceedings and complete a certificate of intimation.

(2) A certificate of intimation referred to in paragraph (1) shall be in Form 16F and shall be lodged together with the review application.

Procedure on lodging a review application

17A.8.(1) On receipt of a review application, the sheriff may–

(a)if he is satisfied that he may properly do so, make an order under section 13(2) of the 2004 Act without holding a hearing or, if he is not so satisfied, make such an order after giving the parties an opportunity to be heard;

(b)require of any of the parties further information before making any further order;

(c)fix a date for a hearing of the review application.

(2) The sheriff may, subject to any statutory time limits, make an order altering the date of the proof or other hearing at which the child or vulnerable witness is to give evidence and make such provision for intimation of such alteration to all parties concerned as he deems appropriate.

(3) An order fixing a hearing for a review application shall be intimated by the sheriff clerk–

(a)on the day the order is made; and

(b)in such manner as may be prescribed by the sheriff,

to all parties to the proceedings and such other persons as are named in the order where such parties or persons are not present at the time the order is made.

Determination of special measures

17A.9.  When making an order under section 12(1) or (6) or 13(2) of the 2004 Act the sheriff may, in light thereof, make such further orders as he deems appropriate in all the circumstances.

Intimation of an order under section 12(1) or (6) or 13(2)

17A.10.  An order under section 12(1) or (6) or 13(2) of the 2004 Act shall be intimated by the sheriff clerk–

(a)on the day the order is made; and

(b)in such manner as may be prescribed by the sheriff,

to all parties to the proceedings and such other persons as are named in the order where such parties or persons are not present at the time the order is made.

Taking of evidence by commissioner

17A.11.(1) An interlocutor authorising the special measure of taking evidence by a commissioner shall be sufficient authority for the citing the witness to appear before the commissioner.

(2) At the commission the commissioner shall–

(a)administer the oath de fideli administratione to any clerk appointed for the commission; and

(b)administer to the witness the oath, or where the witness elects to affirm, the affirmation.

(3) The commission shall proceed without interrogatories unless, on cause shown, the sheriff otherwise directs.

Commission on interrogatories

17A.12.(1) Where interrogatories have not been dispensed with, the party citing or intending to cite the vulnerable witness shall lodge draft interrogatories in process.

(2) Any other party may lodge cross-interrogatories.

(3) The interrogatories and cross-interrogatories, when adjusted, shall be extended and returned to the sheriff clerk for approval and the settlement of any dispute as to their contents by the sheriff.

(4) The party who cited the vulnerable witness shall–

(a)provide the commissioner with a copy of the pleadings (including any adjustments and amendments), the approved interrogatories and any cross-interrogatories and a certified copy of the interlocutor of his appointment;

(b)instruct the clerk; and

(c)be responsible in the first instance for the fee of the commissioner and his clerk.

(5) The commissioner shall, in consultation with the parties, fix a diet for the execution of the commission to examine the witness.

Commission without interrogatories

17A.13.  Where interrogatories have been dispensed with, the party citing or intending to cite the vulnerable witness shall–

(a)provide the commissioner with a copy of the pleadings (including any adjustments and amendments) and a certified copy of the interlocutor of his appointment;

(b)fix a diet for the execution of the commission in consultation with the commissioner and every other party;

(c)instruct the clerk; and

(d)be responsible in the first instance for the fees of the commissioner and his clerk.

Lodging of video record and documents

17A.14.(1) Where evidence is taken on commission pursuant to an order made under section 12(1) or (6) or 13(2) of the 2004 Act the commissioner shall lodge the video record of the commission and relevant documents with the sheriff clerk.

(2) On the video record and any documents being lodged the sheriff clerk shall–

(a)note–

(i)the documents lodged;

(ii)by whom they were lodged; and

(iii)the date on which they were lodged, and

(b)intimate what he has noted to all parties concerned.

Custody of video record and documents

17A.15.(1) The video record and documents referred to in rule 17A.14 shall, subject to paragraph (2), be kept in the custody of the sheriff clerk.

(2) Where the video record of the evidence of a witness is in the custody of the sheriff clerk under this rule and where intimation has been given to that effect under rule 17A.14(2), the name and address of that witness and the record of his evidence shall be treated as being in the knowledge of the parties; and no party shall be required, notwithstanding any enactment to the contrary–

(a)to include the name of that witness in any list of witnesses; or

(b)to include the record of his evidence in any list of productions.

Application for leave for party to be present at the commission

17A.16.  An application for leave for a party to be present in the room where the commission proceedings are taking place shall be by incidental application..

(6) In Appendix 1–

(a)for Form 16 there shall be set out the form in Part 1 of Schedule 3 to this Act of Sederunt; and

(b)after Form 16A there shall be inserted the forms set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3 to this Act of Sederunt.

(2)

Rule 27.1 was inserted by S.S.I. 2007/6.

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